My youngest child has been battling eczema since he was 3 months old. This came as a surprise, as I’ve been at my healthiest point and thought he would be the healthiest baby. As an infant his head was covered with the itchiest eczema. After trying countless salves and creams he seemed to grow out of it at about 10 months. Several months later it returned, this time to his wrists and tops of the feet. We’ve been consulting with his pediatrician and I finally broke down and allowed a prescription cortisone cream. I have used them in severe situations, but the skin is one area the body releases toxins. If you stop this natural process it can direct the detoxification to another area of the body.
After weeks again of trying different essential oils, salves and creams with no consistant relief, I tried the cortisone cream. The doctor was sure it is eczema. The hydrocortisone cream would help when used, but as soon as I stopped using it the “eczema” came back. This did not appear to be helping the situation, just alleviating the symptoms – which is fine for the short term, but I’m looking for a long term answer.
Earlier this week I had a thought that this might be a fungal infection. Fungal infections are quite contagious and spread pretty easily. The baby’s “eczema” was spreading from the tops of the feet to points on his legs and behind the knees. I had helped another child in our family balance his skin health with a Eucalyptus essential oil blend, which has 4 different types of Eucalyptus plus Myrtle. After just 1 day of the blend the baby’s skin was relieved. I plan to have the doctor do a skin culture to test if this is fungal (if there is anything to culture), and continue to use the eucalyptus blend as long as the skin seems to be staying healthy.
Melaleuca and Rosemary essential oils have also been researched for their support of keeping skin flora in check. Melaleauca, Rosemary and Eucalyptus oils have all been researched in their defense against candida albicans.
The term “eczema” is fairly general and most doctors will classify a skin issue in this category even without a skin culture. Research shows that eczema is often caused by allergic reaction, Candida overgrowth in the body, and by undigested proteins in the blood which could be from an enzyme deficiency (a result of our ‘fast food society?) or even Leaky Gut Syndrome . Even severe mold issues in a home can cause a host of skin irritations and eczema type symptoms. Simply applying a cortisone cream to stop the body’s natural response to eliminate toxins is a short term solution. Have intelligent conversations with your doctor about what the causes may be. The key is to find out what the cause is and what it is, allergy – fungus – or the body’s elimination of toxins. From there you can find a practical solution that will benefit your body in the long run.